GPLv3 and Mobile Phones

Dave Crossland dave at
Sat Dec 9 12:45:41 CET 2006

On 09/12/06, Stefan Schmidt <stefan at> wrote:
> Keep in mind that the FIC team have no wifi on
> the phone because no vendor allowed them to put the wlan driver under
> GPL. So they make the dicision to lack wifi instead of using unethical
> binary-only kernel modules.

I did not know that.

I really respect this decision - *very* impressive :-)

> For your questions about GPLv2 vs. GPLv3

I'm sorry I didn't write clearly enough - I wasn't asking about that :-)

> That is exactly what is happen with the gsm part of the phone. It is
> on a separate system. Own cpu, ram, etc. It communicate with the linux
> system over seriæl connection.

My question is if the separate system-on-a-chip is ROM, or if it can
be upgraded?


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